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Cinema Chat: 'Frozen,' 'Black Nativity' and more

The Michigan Theater at Night

Every Thursday is movie day on WEMU's Morning Edition. David Fair is  joined by The Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for the weekly feature, Cinema Chat.

Playing Downtown

“Dallas Buyers Club” tells the story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies. Starring Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” continues playing downtown.

In “Philomena,” a world-weary political journalist (Steve Coogan) picks up the story of a woman's (Judi Dench) search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. “Philomena” continues playing downtown.

Sing-A-Long White Christmas is back!

Celebrate this Michigan Theater tradition of Sing-A-Long “White Christmas” with on-screen lyrics, interactive props, and more! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen). The boys follow the girls to a resort, which is owned by their former commanding officer, and he's in danger of losing the place. Sing-A-Long White Christmas plays Saturday, November 30 at 8 PM.

Special Screenings Downtown

Skip the “Black Friday” lines and enjoy a laugh with friends and family as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and all of the Looney Tunes gang take over the silver screen of the historic main theater. The Michigan Theater will show a selection of Warner Bros. cartoons for all ages and offer the perfect pit-stop during the start of the busy holiday shopping season. These Warner Brothers shorts play Friday, November 29 at 11:30 AM.

“A Christmas Story” is a humorous and nostalgic look at Christmas in 1940s Indiana. Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) desperately wishes for a "Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time," And wages an all-out campaign to convince his parents (Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon) the toy is safe. “A Christmas Story” plays Sunday, December 1 at 1:30 PM and is FREE as part of the Michigan Theater’s Holiday Classic Film Series.

The Monday Funnies Film Series continues with “Love Actually.” The film follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. “Love Actually” plays Monday, December 2 at 7:00 PM.

The Lusophone Film Festival continues with “The Great Kilapy.” In the Angolan language of Kimbundu, kilapy means scheme, fraud, or swindle, and accordingly, “The Great Kilapy” tells the story of a crooked but irresistible bon vivant who, on the eve of Angolan independence in 1975, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration. “The Great Kilapy” plays Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 PM.

See you at the movies!